Essays are approaching. The end of Term 2 is coming closer and closer, which can only mean one thing. Exam season is approaching. It might seem a bit premature to be chatting about exam season but ‘fitting fitness in’ is something that a lot of us probably struggle with all the time. Exams, deadlines, new jobs, new relationships… there’s always something to make you say ‘I’ll start later.’ Even those who already love and enjoy fitness might find fitting it in to busy times tough (I get it, I’ve been there) but keeping yourself healthy is super important and should be part of your weekly regime. I thought I would share some of my top tips that I have picked up when you’re pushed for time and life gets a little crazy to still be able to fit fitness in.
Make it part of your to-do list
Nothing revolutionary here! Pretty much every fitness blogger, personal trainer, YouTuber, you name it, have probably talked about making fitness part of your to-do list – I even think I have talked about this a few times across the different platforms. I say it again because it’s important. If you schedule something in you’re a lot more likely to stick to it. There’s probably some super fancy psychology behind it but, for me, it comes down to the fact that if I see ‘Gym 9:00-10:00’ and I am anywhere other than the gym during this time, I’m going to feel a little bit guilty. Maybe guilty tripping yourself to go to the gym isn’t ideal but it certainly works for me. I wouldn’t cancel my coffee date and I’m not going to cancel a gym session. I even write it in pen for god sake – if it’s written in my diary in pen you know its serious.
Find yourself some HIIT circuits
HIIT circuits are fab if you’re pushed for time. Basically, they’re short and super intense which means you can be in and out in under half an hour if you really have to be. Instagram is the place to go if you’re looking for fast but effective HIIT sessions. I am a huge fan of Whittney Simmons for these (I use a lot of her stuff for inspiration when I’m making HIIT programmes for my clients) so I would definitely recommend checking her out. HIIT is also great for fat loss, maintain lean muscle mass and keeping up your cardiovascular health so you don’t have to feel bad for having a bit of a shorter session because this bad boy has got your back. Just remember that when you’re sweating like a pig, cussing your way through your last burpee…
Book onto a class
This is kind of similar to ‘make it part of your to-do list’. If you’ve booked your space on a class, you’re more likely to feel some sense of duty to actually turn up and do it. If you don’t, you’ve not only let yourself down but you’ve let the instructor down. You really haven’t but believe me, it doesn’t feel that way when you’re walking past them the next day avoiding eye contact just incase they knew it was you that didn’t turn up to 7:00-8:00 Zumba…
Do something you enjoy
It’s easy to think to get anything from your training you’ve got to be slogging on the daily, lifting weights and on the verge of throwing up. Sometimes there is nothing I fancy more than lifting some heavy weights and feeling strong, but sometimes I want to go for a walk and do some pilates. Fitness is as much about your mind as it is your body and if you’re hating your work out then mix things up. It happens to us all. Currently I’m in need of a bit of a shake up. I’ve signed up for some new classes and I’m going to try some different things. Enjoying your training is one of the most important things.
Investing in yourself
Last but not least, invest in yourself. Making yourself a programme for training and nutrition AND motivating yourself to reach your full potential is hard and time consuming. Personal trainers and online coaches are a great way to help you work out what is best for you and how to achieve your goals whilst fitting fitness around your lifestyle. I work with people who train twice a week and I work with people who train 5-6 times a week. Fitness CAN fit in the any lifestyle. This is not a paragraph for shameless promotion, but investing in yourself can be really useful. If you are interested in online coaching then get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can have a chat. Or pop into your local gym and see what they might have to offer. Invest. It’ll be worth it!
So there are some of my top tips to fit fitness in. I’m not going to tell you it’s easy because I know it isn’t but I promise you can do it. Find something you love and remember why you started.